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Old July 4th, 2008, 12:01 AM   #1
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A first draft for a friend's tattoo...

Comments are welcome =]. I just finished it a little while ago and emailed it to her so I'm waiting to see what she thinks.

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Old July 4th, 2008, 12:06 AM   #2
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not bad but i dont know **** about tattoos
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Old July 4th, 2008, 12:08 AM   #3
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Haha. That's cool...I don't either. She just wanted a tattoo of a phoenix and this was one of my ideas.
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I believe it's a better drawing than tattoo, due to the fact that those fine lines will really look like crap as the tattoo degrades over time...just being honest. But if she's not worried about the degradation, then that's all that matters since it's her body.
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Old July 4th, 2008, 12:22 AM   #5
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That's a cool drawing, but I don't think it would flow well as a tattoo
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Old July 4th, 2008, 07:45 AM   #6
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not bad for a first draft.. still a lot of opportunities for improvement
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Old July 4th, 2008, 09:20 AM   #7
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I believe it's a better drawing than tattoo, due to the fact that those fine lines will really look like crap as the tattoo degrades over time...just being honest. But if she's not worried about the degradation, then that's all that matters since it's her body.
Yea I considered things like that, and I guess it depends on how big she wants it also. That's the great thing about drawing it on my tablet, I can erase and re-draw very easily and cleanly

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That's a cool drawing, but I don't think it would flow well as a tattoo
What about it makes it not flow well as a tattoo? Overall design or specific elements like bdeitemeyer pointed out?

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not bad for a first draft.. still a lot of opportunities for improvement
Thanks. Care to share some suggestions?
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Old July 4th, 2008, 11:23 AM   #8
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looks really good..but to me it is almost 2 abstract..hard to even tell what it is at first...to me it just looked like tons of flowing lines..

Where will the tat be?? and will color be on it?
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Old July 4th, 2008, 01:12 PM   #9
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Thanks. I'm probably going to make the main lines of the phoenix darker...and the "feathers" lighter. I'll have to revise it in a way that it can be tattooed easily...taking into account the detail and line thickness like bdeitemeyer suggested.

I think she's going to get it on her side...like vertical along her rib cage. I'm not sure if it will be in color or not. That's always something I can add to it.
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Damnit I can't see it at work lol. Flickr is blocked!



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Old July 5th, 2008, 12:02 PM   #11
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here's a second draft after taking into account that tattoos can't have THAT much detail. don't mind the fuzzy "sketch lines"...they will have to be cleaned up before the final draft.

i'm also working on a color scheme for it but i'm not that great at lighting/shading...so i'll need to look at some samples...



i've also confirmed with my friend that the tattoo will be along her waist line, on her back, offset to one side (not tramp stamp style). she will have it in color because she wants it to cover an old tattoo that she has there already.
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The second draft would be a better tattoo than the first...and I'm sure the tattoo artist will add his own personalizations when he/she does the work.
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The first one, there was just too much there (but not enough at the same time) for it to work
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Damnit upload these to Photobucket so I can view them from work lol.



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That looks like a phoenix. I had that similar logo for my club at school. It was callled ASC(Asian Student Coalition), meant as an umbrella for all Asian organizations on our campus. Very good drawing and your friend will like a lot. I forgot what phoenix represents.
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The second draft would be a better tattoo than the first...and I'm sure the tattoo artist will add his own personalizations when he/she does the work.
yea, i'm sure when my friend decides on the layout she wants we'll go to the shop and ask an artist what needs to be done (and what can/can't be done) to the image to make it a tattoo.

we've been very good friends for a long time so that's part of the reason she wanted me to draw it rather than just having an artist at a shop do it.

but yea...definitely going to ask for professional advice from an artist before it goes on anyone's skin.

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The first one, there was just too much there (but not enough at the same time) for it to work
when i look back at it now...i agree. it was very difficult to figure out what it was at first glance. or to even tell that it was a bird of some sort. i like the second draft a lot more.

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That looks like a phoenix. I had that similar logo for my club at school. It was callled ASC(Asian Student Coalition), meant as an umbrella for all Asian organizations on our campus. Very good drawing and your friend will like a lot. I forgot what phoenix represents.
yea i don't remember what a phoenix represents...but it comes from the peacock (hence the tail feathers). my friend wanted the number 8 incorporated in the design as well because it's a lucky number, which is why there are 8 tail feathers.
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Second one looks really cool.



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Old July 6th, 2008, 01:04 PM   #18
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second one fo-sho....lol looks good bro now u can tell its a phoenix...
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Old July 8th, 2008, 01:14 PM   #19
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Thanks guys!

My friend loves it. She wants to add color to it...I think either green/blue or red/orange/yellow, but we'll see what she decides.
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2nd one is better.. less busy... lines are thicker and better for a tatt.. face of the pheonix can be better, but its not bad at all
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Old August 24th, 2008, 07:32 PM   #21
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damn that is good i like the first one but as everyone has said it would be really difficult for a tat the second one is perfect for a tat but as a phoenix should be red/orange/yellow
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